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Stop messing and start all over again

I attended the Southampton roadshow where Dr Hamish Meldrum stated the Carr-Hill formula included one session of protected time on alternate weeks in year one, increasing to two sessions a week in year three.

Given that one session is valued at a minimum of £120, the cost equates to £12,480 per year per GP. Add to this the current value of £3,000-plus for PGEA and appraisal, and this rises to around £15,000. Since an 'average' three-doctor practice would expect to receive a global sum of £300,000, then protected time/ PGEA/appraisal would account for £45,000 (15 per cent).

The figures simply do not add up. The proposed global sum is insufficient and given the nonsense of the weighted list calculations, the formula collapses.

Let's stop messing around with the current negotiations, reject the proposals, select a new negotiating team, and get the contract we deserve.

Dr Christopher Jones


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